The 14km Airport Access (Haul) Road from Rupert’s Bay to St Helena Airport was officially opened to the public today, Friday 7 June 2019.

The opening was marked with a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony taking place at Bottom Woods (near Reggie’s Takeaway) at 12noon.

Chairman of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, Councillor Russell Yon, welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

In his welcome remarks, Councillor Yon spoke about the history, design and construction of the road and also gave special thanks to key people who made the Airport Access Road possible.

This was followed by a Blessing from Bishop Dale Bowers.

His Excellency Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook also gave a short speech. HE said:

“The opening of this road ends a period of uncertainty. I want to look ahead and not look back. This is the newest road on the Island and will give better access to Jamestown for many people, importantly it reduces the volume of traffic that needs to go through Longwood and it opens up new parts of the Island, which I’ve heard has some very spectacular views. So I ask everybody to drive safely, respect the speed limits and most importantly, use the opportunities that this road brings to St Helena.”

Governor Rushbrook then declared the Airport Access Road open with the cutting of the ribbon.

The Airport Access Road is divided into seven sections – African Slave Road, Airbay Road, Boer Road, Flagstaff View, Pipe Ridge Pass, Wirebird Way and Wainwright Way.

Notes to Editor

The Airport Access Road was the original track created to transport equipment and machinery to the Airport Site at Prosperous Bay.

Executive Council agreed at their meeting on Tuesday, 28 May 2019, to adopt the Road as part of St Helena’s road network.

Three photographs are attached to this release.

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7 June 2019

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